The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik) Chapter, Awka, Anambra State, on Thursday, barricaded the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, protesting the part payment of their October salaries.
They also protested backlogs of 8-month salaries and other working conditions of their members, which they said were still withheld by the Federal Government.
The varsity Lecturers’ protest, began at the Union Secretariat down to the University gate by the Enugu-Onitsha highway, where the road was barricaded by the protesters for hours as one of their ways to informed the public about their working conditions.
Speaking to journalists, shortly after the protest, Comrade Stephen Ufoaroh, the chairman of ASUU-Unizik, said that the aim of the protest was to remind the Federal Government to implement the agreement it entered with ASUU, after the Union suspended its 2022 industrial action.
He demanded that the Federal Government should considered the re-negotiated document of the 2009 condition of services of Lecturers in public universities.,
He said “As I speak to you, the intervention of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, has not yearnded any positive resort. We are yet to see the outcome of his intervention.
“What the Federal Government has been saying all this while is still under promising note.
“We suspended the strike because of individuals intervention and the Court of Appeal Judgement.
*We are using this protest to asked the masses to appealed to government to do the needful now, to avert further crisis in the nation’s universities.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Charles Esimone, in his solidarity message, said his heart was currently bleeding because of the diplorable condition the lecturers were working under in Nigeria education system.